While 42 buses of Tamil Nadu based KPN in D’souza Nagar were burnt on Monday, the culprit behind these fires was identified and arrested on Tuesday. She is just 22 years of age, had moved into the city two years ago and works as a daily wage labourer. Bhagya was protesting the Cauvery Water sharing and lives close to the KPN garage with her parents.
CCTV footage recovered from the scene of the crime led police to Bhagya’s doorstep following which she was arrested on Thursday and produced before the court on Friday. She has been taken into custody as further investigations are underway as to the exact motive behind torching these 42 buses and instigating the mob.
Bhagya is at present at the Madiwala remand home and will be brought to the RR Nagar police station on Saturday for further investigations while being released on bail is rather doubtful.
Investigations reveal that it was Bhagya who supplied fuel for the burning of these buses. She finds it difficult to hire a lawyer to represent her in this case but the advocates association have come forward to offer free legal aid to all those contending the Cauvery Water issue.
Bhagya has been booked for attempt to murder (IPC 307), unlawful assembly (IPC 143), rioting (IPC 147), rioting with deadly weapon (IPC 148), voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means (IPC 324), causing damage (IPC 427), damage by fire or explosive substance (IPC 435) and Column 2 of Prevention of Destruction and Loss of Property Act of 1981.